Top Achievers 2012

Megan Christopher learns from little ones

By From page D17 | March 09, 2012

Volunteering is how Megan Christopher found her calling. “I have a real passion for children. I believe as I teach them, they also teach me.”

Eighteen-year-old Christopher graduated from El Dorado High School and now attends California State University, San Jose. She is majoring in liberal studies with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher.

“I want to be a third-grade teacher,” said Christopher. “Working with younger students like kindergarteners feels more like babysitting and older ones lose their attention span.”

It was Christopher’s volunteering at her church, her working to clean up people’s yards and helping to repair homes and in children’s nurseries, and her time with the California Highway Patrol’s Toys for Tots program that led her to her goal.

“I’ve always liked working with children,” said Christopher, “and volunteering at the children’s nursery made me want to be a teacher.”

San Jose State’s campus is big, said Christopher, and she has gotten lost a few times, but, she added, “It’s really fun. I’ve met a lot of people.”

Christopher has one younger sister.

Wendy Schultz

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